As we begin to see more news about COVID-19 (coronavirus), Smile Center will be taking some additional steps to protect the health and safety of our patients and team.

We adhere to the ADA and CDC cleaning guidelines at all times, and all standard sterilization measures are followed.

Additionally, we have increased our daily cleaning and disinfecting measures to include frequently-touched surfaces, such as counter tops, door handles, bathroom surfaces, and more. We encourage our staff to use hand sanitizer and wash their hands thoroughly. We encourage our patients to do the same.

During this time we will be available only for emergencies. If you have a true emergency please call 716-634-4090

If you answer YES to any of the following questions, please CALL OUR OFFICE to reschedule your appointment. No cancellation fee or penalty will apply. Answer Questions
  • Have you traveled outside of the continental US in the past 14 days?
  • Have you traveled to/from high-risk areas in the US or on a cruise ship in the past 14 days?
  • Have you had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient within 14 days of symptom onset?
  • Do you currently have a fever or symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)?
  • Do you feel ill in any way?
Just like with our patients, we have asked our team members to stay home if they feel ill. Your health and well being are our top priority. We are monitoring the situation and updating our standards and policies as new information emerges. We promise to do everything in our power to keep you safe.

Please call our office if you have any questions.

Buffalo, NY dentist explains enteral sedation for anxiety-free dental care

Sedation Dental Care from Dr Gorden kent in Buffalo NY

There are many reasons patients may be fearful of dental care. It may be from a previous unpleasant experience, fear of the unknown, or even a strong gag reflex. This anxiety can prevent them from receiving critical treatment that they need for the health of their mouth. With sedation, practices like the Smile Center can offer patients in Buffalo, NY the ability to be at ease during appointments.

At our office, one option is enteral or oral conscious sedation, which relaxes patients with an oral medication. Patients are given instructions to take the sedative at a predetermined time before coming in for their appointment. (Usually thirty minutes to one hour). Because the sedative is taken at home, patients will need to secure a ride to and from their appointment. By the time patients arrive at our office for treatment, they are relaxed and calm. Oral sedation allows the patient to remain conscious, able to answer questions, and follow simple instructions. After treatment, patients will be driven home to rest. Patients will typically have little to no recollection of the procedure.

Oral sedation is an excellent option for patients who need extensive dental work and may be facing several hours in the dental chair. Sedation is often recommended for patients receiving implants, full smile makeovers, or other lengthy treatments.

At Smile Center, we understand that fear of the dentist can keep you from receiving the care you need. Patients who have dental anxiety are less likely to call and make an appointment when they suspect they have a dental issue.

If you are fearful of the dentist or have anxiety that has kept you from making an appointment, call us today at 716-634-4090 to learn more about how sedation can help you take your oral health back into your own hands.

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The Smile Center has been a reliable office for over 6 years! I have been greeted warmly, treated with respect and welcomed into their family. The hygienists (shoutout to Mary) especially make the appointment a pleasant experience. The wait time is almost always under 10 minutes. The front desk people are on top of the game as well! Definitely recommend.